As of today around 10:30AM, I will be the mother of a 4 year old.
This picture was taken when Aaron was 24 hours old. Or as Jay had posted, “24 hours young.” There are days I miss this time in his life, for many different reasons. But more than anything, I cherish the memory.
In the last few weeks I have taken a few trips down memory lane. Those who know me well, know this isn’t always a fun trip. But as today is the birthday of this amazing gift in my life, I have decided to take a happy trip and show you how much this boy has changed in the last 4 years.
This photo is from our first ever photo shoot. Aaron was 1 1/2 months old. He was not a baby for long. Weighing 9 pounds 10 ounces at birth, he was in newborn size clothes for a day, that’s it. I love this picture because it symbolizes a forever bond of which strengths was not truly realized by me until 6 months later.
This picture was from his 9 month photo shoot. An emotional photo shoot, but I chose this photo because you can literally see through Aaron’s eyes. The innocence you can see amazes me to this day.
Having given you two black and white photos, it’s time to switch it up a bit.
Aaron’s first birthday…when I decided to challenge my dear friend with making a giraffe cake. She did not disappoint. So many from the party actually thought it was a stuffed animal. In the years since I have made things a little easier for her. And then Aaron’s 1 year photos. If you look closely at this Iowa State football jersey you will see Paul Rhoads autograph. He is the Iowa State football coach. The man who was coach when Jay was watching what would be one of his last Iowa State football games upset Oklahoma State. Jay would be excited for Aaron having an autographed jersey but also deep down be kind of jealous. 🙂
And although I could write about each of the follow pictures, I’ll let you just enjoy a timeline of Aaron pictures.
The last 4 years have been the most amazing of my entire life. They have allowed me to watch you grow into such an amazing little boy.
You bring such joy to my life and to everyone you meet.
You tell people you love them. You blow kisses. You smile even when it would be so easy not too. You hug with all your might, to make sure the other person knows you care.
You give me hope for this world. Never lose your love of life. Never lose your love of people, no matter your differences.
You can and will do amazing things in your life, this I have no doubt.
As you turn 4 today, know your mommy loves you with her whole heart. I will continue to work hard at becoming a person you can be proud of. I will continue to do everything in my power to make this life, this journey of ours an amazing one.
Love…always and forever,